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Friday
Apr082011

The colours of life

Back in November last year Sydney architect Scott Weston of SWAD shared the beginnings of a wonderful project, a renovation of a small house in Rozelle. (You can read all about it here.) It's finished. It's fab. And it's here. I'll let Scott tell you all about it.

As promised a few shots of my house in Rozelle just completed this week with the steel frame table finally made (steel angles inset with charcoal tiles) and hand-painted this week and elegantly positioned to the outdoor deck. It was nice to visit this week and just have lunch and a coffee with the Client..... pause........just stop to take in the space......very calming and to reflect on what we have completed. The house also was given a Hindu blessing and I was honoured to take part with the family in the proceedings and the wonderful food that was prepared by the Client's mother. The house was a fantastic foil to the procession of women and children in silk saris which continually walked past my 'hermes orange' joinery wall with looks of great delight on their faces. How to take a sows ear and literally turn it into a silk purse with a dramatic open plan and hero wall in split batten joinery of orange laminate (no greasy children's hands to scuff the corridor wall). Build in all the joinery and customise the internal carcasses in both colour and functional necessity. Operable commercial aluminium sliding doors and louvers for maximum northern light and clerestory for cross-ventilation. No air-conditioning just ceiling fans and elegant uplighting. Simple hardwood shiplap facade and steel skillion roof lifting to the north and cantilevered 1.2 metres by steel angle outriggers. Select the loose furniture and hang the artwork and choose the 'kenzo' and 'missoni' bedlinen. A hand in glove match between Architect and Client. Desire to inspire please enjoy the visual feast!

  

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Thursday
Apr072011

Reader request - butcher block counters and sinks

Today's reader request is from Nat: I was wondering if you could help me find more inspirational images of kitchens. I want to put butcher block counters throughout my kitchen and don't know what type of sink to choose: (1) undermount; or (2) drop in. I don't like the look of drop-ins, but I'm worried that with an undermount sink I run a chance of ruining my counter edges. I've read around blogs that this should not be a problem if you seal them properly. But I'm looking for images to convince hubby that this will be worth the extra work. I haven't had much experience with butcher block (I do LOVE it) but I would guess with a good initial seal and re-sealing as required, you could go with either. I'd had an aversion towards drop-in sinks for a loooong time now but after taking a close look at the photos I found of sinks used with butcher block, I actually think I prefer drop-ins (and those in white ceramic). Perhaps you'll agree after having a look at the following photos...

design*sponge Katie Sellers
Julia Wong Designs Living Etc.
Marie Claire Italia Apartment Therapy
Hus & Hem jj Locations
The Yvestown Blog Apartment Therapy

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Thursday
Apr072011

24 hours to go ... if you are reading this as it goes live :)

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Thursday
Apr072011

White delight

White and bright and a pure delight. A super cute apartment by Magdalena Adamus and her design team at LOFT. This creative practice was responsible for the sensitive yet innovative renovation of yesterday's Salvinia Lodge. A visit to the LOFT website is a must. Hot Polish design.

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Wednesday
Apr062011

Le Mas des Isords

Gérard Faivre Paris creates entirely renovated, decorated and furnished prestigious apartments and properties for sale..."LIVE AT HOME LIKE IN A 5 STAR HOTEL" is the vision. Le Mas des Isords is one of these properties, a 7 bedroom 7 bathroom meticulously restored 18th-century mas (traditional Provençal farmhouse), complete with the latest amenities including stainless-steel gourmet kitchen with appliances by Boffi, fully equipped 12-seat movie theatre, lap pool, stables, grounds designed by landscape architect Xavier Loup.... Gérard Faivre has completely metamorphosised a beautiful but neglected mas into a residence where his modern touch refrains from being excessive and which respects the architectural tradition of this truly incredible property. It's a slice of posh heaven I'd say.

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